X

This website uses cookies.

This website uses cookies to improve user experience. By using our website you consent to all cookies in accordance with our Cookie Policy.

I agree
Learn More
Cool Gadgets, Gizmos, Games and Geek Stuff on Technabob
AWESOMER MEDIA SITES: THE AWESOMER | MIGHTYMEGA | 95OCTANE

Cancer Victim Gets Custom Mask with the Help of 3D Printing

by Lambert Varias
Advertisement

The Daily Mirror recently published an uplifting report about how 3D printing technology helped a recovering cancer patient. Keith Londsdale had major parts of his face removed to prevent his skin cancer from spreading further. He’s now more comfortable and more inclined to socialize thanks to a custom made mask that’s partly based on his son’s face.

3d_printed_face_keith_londsdale_1zoom in

After parts of his nose, mouth and cheeks were removed in the early 2000s, Keith went through three masks to cover the gaping hole in his head. They didn’t fit well – the first two had to be glued on while the third one had Velcro straps, but they would all eventually come loose. Worse, those prosthetics didn’t look like Keith’s missing parts.

Fortunately, the scientist who gave Keith’s masks hit upon a simple but cutting edge idea: they 3D scanned the face of Keith’s son Scott. Obviously the two don’t look exactly alike, but it was perhaps their best chance to make a mask that both fit and looked good. From there, [i]mages of [Scott] and his dad were created and scientists used a computer to fill in the­ ­missing pieces of Keith’s face.” 

The scientist 3D printed the resulting composite model, then made a wax copy of it. The mold made from the wax copy was the one used to make the silicone mask that Keith is wearing in the image above. Head to the Daily Mirror for the full story, including a video interview with Keith Londsdale.

[via 3D Print]

Deals in The Technabob Shop



Threezero BioShock Big Daddy & Little Sister Action Figures

Threezero BioShock Big Daddy & Little Sister Action Figures

Prime 1 Swamp Thing Statue

Prime 1 Swamp Thing Statue

Advertisement
The Man Behind the Mask

The Man Behind the Mask

World’s Greatest Drag Race 7

World’s Greatest Drag Race 7

2019 Mercedes-Benz S560e: A Plug-in Hybrid Luxury Sedan

2019 Mercedes-Benz S560e: A Plug-in Hybrid Luxury Sedan

Tricked-out 1990 Land Rover Defender 110 for Sale

Tricked-out 1990 Land Rover Defender 110 for Sale